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Tesla Model 3: Interactive 3D model, GIF progressions, and some S3XY design renderings
Posted on May 15, 2016 by Matt Pressman
No, we can't get you a Tesla Model 3 any faster, heck our whole extended family pre-ordered the 3... but we can give you a special gift: an interactive, digital Tesla Model 3 animation as seen on Sketchfab. We're sure the folks at Virtual Studio who created these motion graphics spent countless hours making the proportions work and getting the look right from all angles. Well guys, it was worth it. You pulled it off.
Above: Still image of the interactive, animated 3D model (see below)
To have fun playing with this interactive Tesla Model 3, just press the "play" button in the middle of the image below, then simply press/move your cursor over the image and flip the Model 3 around at virtually any angle imaginable. Also, be sure to click the numbers and/or use the mini arrow icons on bottom for some spectacular views and special, annotated information. Be sure to toy around plenty with this animation -- it's very, very cool...
And if that wasn't enough Tesla eye candy for you, we've got another fun visual treat below. We always suspected that the Model 3 might borrow some family traits from the Model S. Well, check out this hypnotic GIF below to see the metamorphosis starting with Tesla Model S transitioning smoothly to Tesla Model 3. It's captivating, cool, and does a masterful job of showing the unique differences between the two cars...
Source: Qeng-Ho via Reddit
Okay, we admit -- it's fun to geek out over Tesla's breakthrough electric vehicle designs, especially the original design concepts for these two gorgeous cars. So, in order to get to the root of the design aesthetic Tesla conceptualized, let's check out the original design sketches of the Tesla Model S and Model 3 from Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen. Check it out below.
Source: BGR via Tesla Motors
Okay, let's take it even further... let's rewind all the way back to the electric car's humble beginnings 188 years ago. Check out how electric vehicles have evolved over time in this one stunning GIF, starting with Ányos Jedlik's all-electric model in 1828 all the way through to GM's EV1 to the Nissan Leaf, and of course (our favorites) the Tesla Roadster, Model S, and Model 3 today...
I know what you're thinking... what about Model X? How dare we leave Tesla's iconic SUV out of the visual fun here? Well, for the Model X, there is an amazing virtual 3D model that we've featured previously. And, with all the amazing design goodness on the Model X, it likely wins for possessing the most game-changing features of them all. And, check out the genesis of Tesla Model X's design concept from Franz von Holzhausen. See below for design sketches captured on a lithograph from the X launch event.
Source: Tesla Motors
There are more early Model X design renderings floating around too, albeit with the earlier front end. In any event, Tesla chief designer Franz von Holzhausen has created a distinct, powerful, and elegant style for Tesla Motors. And, he should be credited with making the electric vehicle sexy, or... ummm S3XY, once the Tesla Model Y finally comes out.
Well, there you have it. Plenty of Tesla eye candy. Now let's go try some Tesla cookies...